Opinon by General Abebe Teklehaimanot, General Tsadkan Gebretinsae & Tamrat Layne
Tsadkan Gebretensae retired TPLF general, now a businessman, calls for the formation of independent commission if Ethiopia is to survive from impending danger, according to a report published yesterday by Reporter Newspaper whose owner is former TPLFcombatant.
In an exclusive interview with the aforementioned newspaper, Tsadkan is cited as saying that “the current situation in the country is beyond the control and management capabilities of the current system…”
And he thinks that “only an independent commission” is capable of rescuing Ethiopia “from any unforeseen fate that awaits it”, a remark which seems to emphasize the ruling coalition of ethnic-based parties is incapable of resolving the political crisis that the country is living.
In his view, the commission to be established need to be free from Ethiopian Peoples’ Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) control and the purpose, according to Tsadkan’s wish, to level the political playing field for a period of two years and prepare the country for election.
As to the role of EPRDF, he says it will be treated other political parties but in the meantime, the government will carry out running offices. The Independent Commission whose establishment he is proposing is to work under the Office of the President of the Federation and EPRDF will not be allowed to be a member.
What he is indirectly suggesting seems to be for EPRDF to continue ruling the country until next general election, perhaps something that does not sit well with expressed aspirations in the ongoing popular protests which is an end to the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) dominated ruling coalition.